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Poster: Scott Bot Date: Nov 15, 2012 6:54pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: File under 'T for The...'

I've noticed that there are quite a few shows that are posted under the letter T in this archive, based on the fact that their title begins with the word 'the.' F'rinstance, The Couple Next Door is under T, when logically it should go under C. Not that it's that big a deal, but when I'm looking for a specific show, I would usually look for it under the first letter of the title after the. Makes it a little difficult to find some of these things. Is that something someone else has noticed, and is there a chance it could get corrected, in the interest of clarity?

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Poster: OTRRArchive Date: Dec 3, 2012 1:34pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: File under 'T for The...'

Titles are determined by the uploader.

Try the "Browse by Subject/Keywords" screen to browse by keywords.

Different keywords can be attached to each page. These are set up by the uploader. OTRR uses multiple keywords for each of our pages, so we have keywords both starting with a "The" or "A" and also have these appear at the end. Also we have multiple keywords with different common spellings. The intent is to make it easier for someone to find something. For example, all of the the following are separate keywords pointing to the same page:

Adventures of Philip Marlowe, The
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Philip Marlowe
Marlowe, Philip
Adventures of Phillip Marlowe, The
The Adventures of Phillip Marlowe
Phillip Marlowe
Marlowe, Phillip


We also use a special keyword in the form of "OTRR - YYYY-MM" where YYYY-MM is the year and month that we last created or updated our page. Makes it easier to see what we've created or updated recently.


This post was modified by OTRRArchive on 2012-12-03 21:34:17

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Poster: polistra Date: Nov 16, 2012 12:03pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: File under 'T for The...'

Yup. Archive.org doesn't follow the principles developed by librarians over the years. Besides 'The' and 'A', an old-fashioned librarian would also re-index the large number of radio shows called "The Adventures Of ___". And the same librarian would clean up the keyword system.

Luckily, there's no reason to use the clumsy Archive.org search system. Google will get you to the proper destination quickly and smartly. "Couple next door OTR"